This is a partnered post written by me for @disneyhyperion
I don’t care who you are, or how old you are. You can be bold and brave in so many ways, but we all have some fears, whether they are rational or irrational. It’s a normal part of being human. Last week we took my daughter’s friend to a local theme park with us, and the two kept waffling back and forth about whether to go on a particular ride, one that I had reservations about even allowing them to go on. As a parent I try not to transfer my fears onto my children. There is enough to worry about in this world, and I don’t want to raise them to be fearful.
Eventually the two decided to go for it and we nervously watched from the ground. After the fourth time going on this sky-high swing ride, the girls begged me to go for a ride with them. The answer was no. And then one prodded, “But we got over our fear and we’re just kids. Why can’t you do the same?” I walked right into that one; they’re just kids but they are also smart. So on I went on this ride and about 10 seconds in I regretted it, but sometimes you have to put your money where your mouth is.
As you may have read here before, we are huge fans of children’s book author Mo Willems. His latest creation Sam, the Most Scaredy-cat Kid in the Whole World is in stores now. It is a sequel to Leonardo, the Terrible Monster. As we were unfamiliar with the first in the series which was released back in 2005, we read that one first.
My son was delighted to read the book right along with a stuffed version of Leonardo, who also happens to be a cool puppet! Leonardo is a monster who wants very badly to be scary, but he just isn’t. He finds the most scaredy cat kid to try and scare, and it still doesn’t work. In the end, the two become friends.
In Sam, the Most Scaredy-cat Kid in the Whole World, Sam meets Kerry who is the second most scaredy-cat kid. And guess what? The two kids are afraid of one another! My kids both have their fears, and through these two books they are learning that when they step out of the comfort zone, BIG life-changing things can happen! And that’s exactly what I want them to do in life.